Competitiveness, Competition Policy and Industrialization




Competitiveness, Competition Policy & Industrialization Strategy

Private sector agents spanning micro, small and medium scale enterprises to large corporations will necessarily play a critical role in sustained job creation, innovation, and investment—all of which could fuel a more robust economic growth pattern. To play this role, they need to be able to compete in the national—and in many cases also international—levels. Part of their competitive edge could draw on entrepreneurship skills and the capacity to innovate at the firm level.

However, other factors beyond the control of any one firm could also play a role. For instance, the provision of public goods spanning various regulatory, environmental, and other factors could also influence competitiveness, and the firm’s ability to expand, innovate and generate jobs.

The AIM Policy Center’s research on competitiveness builds on a track record of leading evidence-based discussions in this area for the past 18 years. Among the Center’s flagship publications are the Doing Business Indicators Report (in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation) and the Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project. The evidence produced in this body of work has helped spur reforms at the national and local levels, including streamlining business start-up processes and institutional innovations such as the National Competitiveness Council. Additional areas of work could include competition policy design (fostering a fair environment for the market economy), as well as trade and industrialization policies that promote pro-poor and inclusive growth. A partial list of APC’s current projects under this area is presented below.

Title Description

“AIM-ADB Enterprise Survey”
June 2012 to January 2014


The AIM Policy Center (APC) in partnership with The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Asian Institute of Management (AIM) is currently implementing a survey of enterprises in thirty-four (34) cities across the country. The main objective of the project is to provide a comprehensive dataset on Philippine MSMEs. Specifically, it aims to:

  1. Collect and analyze quantitative and qualitative data on MSMEs and the entrepreneurs managing the enterprises to obtain a better perspective on the major constraints facing growth and dynamism of MSMEs in the Philippines; and

  2. Disseminate the results to different stakeholders and policymakers in order to better inform policy discussions and investments that can help improve productivity and enhance MSME dynamism.

“AIM Enterprise Closure Study”
August to December 2012


Drawing from the data on enterprises collected during APC’s 2009 round of  enterprise survey, the project intends to build a database that will capture critical information on enterprise closure/exit in the Philippines. It will identify and analyze the main drivers for closure/exit across different sizes of enterprises.

The project is in partnership with the Konrad Adreneur Stiftung (KAS), the Center’s institutional partner in competitiveness projects.

Enterprise Performance in Asia
June 2012 to June 2014

The Enterprise Performance in Asia (EPA) is a project involving the Asian Institute of Management Policy Center (APC) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). It aims to support and promote evidence-based research on micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in middle-income Asian countries in order to address the gaps in the enterprise development literature and maximize the use of available enterprise survey data.

The project will support research proposals that will address any of the three main policy issues on MSME development, namely, (1) obstacles to growth, (2) innovation and (3) vulnerability to crises. Furthermore, the treatment of cross-cutting themes, such as on factors constraining growth of female-led enterprises and the prevalence of informality is highly encouraged.  It will also support policy dialogues between the private sector and public policy makers in the training workshops and in the international conference on enterprise development.